It’s November so about time you got your advent calendar sorted for Christmas 2016 and there’s good news for beer fans as there’s more choice than ever. Here are some of the best beer advent calendars to choose from.
Long gone are the days when you had to accept eating a tiny piece of chocolate every day or burn a candle to celebrate advent. Now you can sip a decent beer each evening instead so it’s not a hard decision really is it?
Alcoholic (and other novelty advent calendars) have shot up in popularity in recent years so here are the best ones to choose from and if you buy nice and early you’ll get a better deal with discounts and even free gifts.
Honest Brew advent calendar
Price: £64.90 (+ £5.99 delivery)
What you get: The Honest Brew advent calendar not only comes with 24 craft brews from top breweries, but also some bags of Crunch Corn from Peppercorn, too. It also comes in a fetching box with bespoke artwork from London-based illustrator, Hatch.
Breweries include Beavertown, BrewDog, Magic Rock, Wild Beer, Tuatara, 8 Degrees, Fourpure, Buxton, Moor, Northern Monk and One Mile End.
Adnams advent calendar
Price: £49.99 (+ £2.99 delivery)
What you get: With the Adnams advent calendar you are going to only get beers from this brewery, of course. I imagine fans of the Southwold brewers will get a selection of its traditional ales and Jack Brand craft beers, too. It also comes in an attractive box complete with a free bottle opener and a Santa beard.
View it here – This is now out of stock online but you can get it in a few stores.
Beer Hawk advent calendar
Price: £65 pre-order including delivery (normally £75)
What you get: Make sure you pre-order Beer Hawk’s to get that £10 off and a free tasting kit with code ‘ADVENT10’. You’ll get a nice deal on 24 beers from the likes of Brooklyn, Camden, Birra del Borgo, Flying Dog and Magic Rock. The exact beers are a surprise but styles will be varied and Beer Hawk has said they will retail for up to £3.79 each and some with be as strong as 10%.
Ales by Mail advent calendar
Price: £60 (+ £6.99 delivery)
What you get: The Ales by Mail advent calendar is affordable and like the others comes in a festive box which has removable windows. Inside, 24 beers await covering various styles including IPAs, strong ales, porters, bitters and blondes – all 330ml bottles. Also included is a tasting notes sheet which is a nice touch. Breweries include Hiver, Anchor, Kew, Crate, Dark Star and Meantime. You can check out the full list of beers if you feel the need before parting with your cash.
Flavourly advent calendar
Price: £54 including delivery (normally £72)
What you get: There’s no details on what breweries are included here but Flavourly promises that it has hand picked 24 of this year’s “best craft brews”. The firm has the likes of Cloudwater and Tickety Brew in its subscription boxes so it should be good and it’s cheaper than most others – use ‘ADVENT25OFF’ code.
Hop Burns & Black advent calendar
Price: £79 including delivery
What you get: Unlike it’s rivals, the HB&B beer advent calendar includes 25 beers (not 24). Like Flavourly there’s no indication of what brews are inside but the shop stocks plenty of top notch breweries’ produce including the likes of Brixton, Westbrook, Gipsy Hill, Moor and Siren Craft. If the beer will “make people very, very happy when they unwrap it” then it will go in. You also get a £10 voucher to spend in the shop which makes this even better value.
Are you going to get a beer advent calendar this year? Think they’ve become too commercial? Let me know in the comments below and on Twitter.
PS I’ve not been sent any of these in order to be featured.
Also check out my first ‘brewery spotlight’ post on Windswept Brewing.